Snavely resigned from the State Police in December 2008, after the woman accused him of rape.
Kanawha County prosecutors declined to bring charges against Snavely after reviewing the evidence presented to them, assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein has said. Two assistant prosecutors independently reviewed the case and agreed that there was no prosecutable offense, Holstein said.
Jama Jarrett, spokeswoman for Gov. Joe Manchin, said the governor will not tolerate wrongdoing in any state agency.
"If someone partakes in criminal activities or is incompliant, then we will investigate and determine the consequences," she said, before noting that Snavely no longer works for the State Police and that the case was turned over to Plants' office.
"From that point, it's the responsibility of the judicial system to hear all applicable evidence and make a decision based on information presented," she said.
In November 2009, the Gazette-Mail reported that several citizens had complained that Snavely harassed them.
Robin Crawford claimed that Snavely harassed him August 2009 while giving him a parking ticket in the Summers County town.
Crawford, who in 1987 was beaten by four officers from the Hinton police and Summers County Sheriff's Office, said he came out of the post office and Snavely told him not to drive off because he was going to write him a parking ticket. Crawford said he knew there was no money in the meter and didn't argue, but got in his car and waited for the ticket.
"Then he jerks me out of my car and starts barking instructions like I was on a plantation," said Crawford, who is black. "He said, 'I'll take your goddamn ass to jail.'"
On Friday, Crawford said that he lives in Hinton, but doesn't often go out at night for fear of the chief of police.
"I don't feel safe being there," he said. "I live there, but I do all my business out of town. I hesitate to be caught by him."
Clifford, the woman's attorney, said Friday that State Police attorneys contacted him after they learned that he had given the Gazette-Mail the State Police's answers from the woman's civil lawsuit against Snavely.
"It is my understanding that counsel for the defense is suggesting that I violated a secrecy order by letting you see the interrogatory answers and the official police report that was submitted to the prosecuting attorney," said Clifford, a former Kanawha County prosecutor.
"I deny vehemently that I violated any protective order ... ," he said. "What [State Police] generally do is accuse the accuser, and it's my position that they should have looked at this in earnest rather than trying to protect their officer, which is clearly what they did."
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